Thursday, September 28, 2006

Is it okay to be this obsessed with superheroes?

Do you ever wonder about your taste? Everything I've liked lately has gotten bad reviews from people I respect. I like Studio 60, but several respected, experienced TV writers find it distasteful. I loved The Last Kiss, but Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 46%. I admit I said I liked Standoff when I first saw it, but I don't think I actually did because the very next day I declared it as my first pick for cancellation over on Ken Levine's site. Everybody else hated it right away.

I thought Brothers and Sisters was just okay. I fell asleep watching it and had to finish it the next day, so I don't think that's a good sign.

I was completely entranced by Heroes. The surprise cliff-hanger ending got me in a big way until the "next week on Heroes" thing rolled by two seconds after the end of the pilot and ruined the cliff-hanger. Good job, NBC. Still, I'm holding my breath for Greg Grumberg to show up next week. He's so damn adorable. And this show has an extremely diverse cast. I love the little Japanese guy and really became aware of what a dork I am when I knew every single nerdy Star Trek and X-Men reference that came up in his conversations. Good dialogue, good action, gross cheerleader shredded body parts repairing themselves. And mystery connections akin to those on the Lost Island that will undoubtedly unfold as the series goes on. Plus, my spec pilot will be in a perfect position to get some attention if this show does well, so I'm definitely rooting for it.

But what do I know? I say this and then people I respect come along and tell me I'm full of crap. So you be the judge. Here's what I have in my DVD collection. Does it legitimize me to critique what I see?

-Buffy. All of it.
-Angel, seasons 1,2 and 5.
-Firefly. Of course.
-Lost, season one.
-Veronica Mars, season one.
-Alias, season 2.
-Family Guy, season 3.
-Aqua Teen Hunger Force, seasons 1 and 2.
-Farscape, two Starburst Editions away from all of it.
-Samurai Jack, seasons 1 and 2.
-Star Wars Clone Wars, part 1.

That's just my TV collection, obviously. Clearly I'm consistent. When you list it all like that it seems pretty clear what I like. The Family Guy and Aqua Teens were gifts, but appreciated ones. But that's why they don't exactly fit the pattern.

So I guess it's no surprise I like Heroes.

What does your TV on DVD collection say about your taste?


  1. I was quite enthralled with Heroes, btw. It's the only thing this season, besides Kidnapped, that I feel really good about spending my time watching. I was most into druggie artist guy, Mohinder the cabbie, and CREEPY Ali Larter Mirror Girl...whoa. Can't wait for Grumberg next week! I like Studio 60, too. But Standoff, though I loved the leads in other roles, couldn't hold my attention. I loved Love Monkey!

    I have mostly movies on DVD, but my TV DVD's are:

    Veronica Mars, Season One
    The Book of Daniel (just ordered!)
    MI:5, every season
    Dr. Who, Season One
    Chappelle Show, Season Two
    The Prisoner, the complete collection
    V, the complete collection

    My movies tell a little bit more about my taste:

    The Triplets of Belleville
    All About My Mother
    Dirty Pretty Things
    Bend It Like Beckham
    Run Lola Run
    Bring It On
    Batman Begins
    Harry Potter, all

    But to answer your question, I think my DVD collection says I like accents and pretty colors.

  2. I liked Heroes, and so did my husband. He used to own a comic store, though, so his standards aren't very high if super powers are involved.
    We both wanted the pilot to be 2 hours long, not one!
    Interestingly, I hated Smallville last night - I've never really liked it, but dh is a fan; last night I really, really hated it though.
    I love Stargate - the original movie came out when I was in middle school and made me want to make movies.
    The series rocks (except the season where Tealc has hair).
    I got all the Star Trek references too. And laughed at the comic references, having lived with similar ones for the last 10 years.

    The only other new show I want to see is Smith.

  3. As a poor college student, my DVD collection is somewhat small. But even so, the only TV shows I have on DVD are:

    Battlestar Galactica (all seasons to date)
    SLIDERS (season 1 and 2)

    That's right. I have SLIDERS. I think that makes up for a lack of DVDs in general.


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